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Liam trial jury still debating verdict.


THE jury in the trial of a couple accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee retired to consider their verdict yesterday.

Liam's mother Rachel Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29, are accused of a fatal assault on the two-year-old, who died at a house in Fife in March 2014.

The jury retired to consider several charges at 10.40am, on what was the 32nd day of the case at the High Court in Livingston.

They were unable to reach a verdict and will reconvene on Monday.

Judge Lord Burns said there was no time limit to the jury's deliberations and said they should give all of the facts "careful consideration".

He told them they "would be made out of granite" if they had not been moved by the evidence but he added: "You must act impartially and dispassionately."

The trial heard Liam died from a ruptured heart after suffering injuries similar to those of car crash victims.

The jury were told he had suffered a fractured upper arm bone and a broken thigh bone before his death.

The Fees, who are both originally from Ryton, near Newcastle, deny murder and inflicting a catalogue of abuse on the youngster.

They claim another boy, who cannot be identified, was responsible for Liam's injuries.

They also deny subjecting two boys to a two-year campaign of abuse.

Earlier this week, the pair's lawyers made speeches on their behalf.

Brian McConnachie QC, defending Rachel Fee, said she had "no motive" for attacking her son and was guilty only of failing to seek medical aid for Liam for a suspected broken leg in the days before his death.

He said she should be punished for that but added: "That does not make her a murderer."

Martin Stewart QC, defending Nyomi Fee, told jurors she deserved "condemnation" for leaving Liam with a broken leg but added that prosecutors had presented "no evidence" that she assaulted or murdered Liam.



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Date:May 28, 2016
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